Council approves snow-clearing policy, receives arena communication report

Two highlights from our council meeting Oct. 26, 2020:

Council approved the City of Spruce Grove’s Snow and Ice Control Policy (SNIC as we lovingly refer to it), and a report on communication done on a possible new arena.

Snow and Ice Control Policy

The policy calls for the following snow-clearing standards:

– Highway 16A: plowed within eight hours following the end of a snowfall.

– Arterial roadways: plowed within 12 hours following the end of a snowfall.

– Emergency-access routes: plowed within 12 hours following the end of a snowfall.

– Collector roadways: plowed within 48 hours following snow-route activation and normally after priority 1 to priority 3 roads have been completed.

– City-centre roadways: as required upon a 5-cm snow accumulation or freezing rain.

– Commercial and industrial roadways: as required upon a 5-cm snow accumulation or freezing rain.

– Residential roadways and alleys: as required following a minimum of 22 cm of snow accumulation or when emergency vehicle access is restricted.

Any questions can be addressed to individual councillors (same format as wrothe@sprucegrove.org) or all of council at council@sprucegrove.org.

Arena project communication

Two options are being considered, with a decision likely in the spring of 2021 when council is scheduled to receive a comprehensive report.

Option 1: twin-pad facility with 250-500 seats, facility cost of $30 million, land cost of $1.8 million, operating costs of $450,000-$500,000, and tax implications of 2.44%.

Option 2: one spectator arena (2,500-3,600 seats) and a 250-seat community rink, facility cost of $52 million, land cost of $3.5-4.7 million, operating costs (net operating deficit) of $900,000-$1.1 million, and tax implications of 7.44-7.62%.

Of survey respondents, 41% supported option 1, 14% supported option 2, and 28% wanted neither.

These costs don’t include possible regional, provincial, or federal funding, opportunities that will be explored.

The options include additional features such as a meeting room, dressing rooms, one larger dressing room for a primary tenant (option 2), concessions, and team warm-up areas. Both include two regulation-size ice surfaces.

The survey received 602 responses. Councillors expressed disappointment in that relatively low number

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